A group of children in China are facing dangerous journeys between their homes and school because their village is so cut off from the outside world.
Heart-breaking pictures have emerged showing these pupils, the youngest of whom are aged just six and their parents must climb unsecured vine ladders on the side of a steep rock face to go home from school.
The children live in a so-called 'cliff village', which is situated on the top of a 2,624-foot-tall peak in south-west China, and their school is at the foot of the mountain, reports Huanqiu
They have no choice, it's the only road for them to go home.
They must follow the cliffs
It's too dangerous for children to climb up.
The unsafe ladders are made of wood
The people in this village are very familiar with climbing like this
Experienced: For the parents who are used to the journey, it takes them an hour to go down the cliff and an hour and a half to go up
The village is so remote that only 72 families live there, most of whom make a living by growing chillies.
Once the they arrive at the Le'er Primary School, the children stay there for two weeks before making the treacherous journey back down the mountain to visit their families.
Every time they come down or go up the mountain, their parents take it in turns to pick them up.
For the parents who are used to the journey, it takes them an hour to go down the cliff and an hour and a half to go up.
However for the young pupils, they need around two hours to scale the cliffs with the help of dangerous ladders.
30-year-old Chen Guji is one of the parents helped pick up the children on the day when reporters took the pictures.
Chen told the reporter he had to get up at 6am that morning in order to descend the peak to pick up his four daughter and one son, as well as other children.
His son, named Chen Muhei, is six years old and is the youngest of his five children.
The father used rope and tied a knot around his son's backpacks to ensure his safety.
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